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Apple removes app from the largest Russian social network from the App Store

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Apple removes app from the largest Russian social network from the App Store
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Apple removed several Russian apps from the App Store last Tuesday (27), including the country’s biggest social network, VKontakte. All titles taken from the official North American app store belong to the same developer, VK.

The apps include a music streaming platform (VK Music), a store with marketplace (Youla) and a news app with email services (Mail.ru).

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It is common for applications to be removed from the platform for violating the company’s terms of use and privacy, but the big tech initiative appears to be a follow-up to the embargoes against Russia, as it moved away from the regional market after the invasion of Ukraine. For now, the same apps are still available on the Google Play Store.

In a note to The Vergean Apple spokesman said on Wednesday (28) that the removal follows new restrictions imposed by the United Kingdom.

These apps are being distributed by developers majority owned or controlled by one or more UK government sanctioned parties. To comply with these sanctions, Apple has terminated developer accounts associated with these apps, and the apps cannot be downloaded from the App Store, regardless of location. Users who have already downloaded these apps can continue to use them.

Adam Dema

Apple Spokesperson

The new UK sanctions hit 23 executives related to Gazprombank, a Russian bank linked to VK. It is worth remembering that the developer was founded in 2006 by Pavel Durovthe same creator of Telegram.

As explained, users who have these applications installed on their cell phones, tablets or computers will be able to continue using the software normally, but notification and payment services may not work. Furthermore, it is still possible to access the services in their web versions through a browser.

Apple, Samsung and other companies have seen their shares of market share significantly reduced in Russia after its trade sanctions, making room for Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi and TECNO to grow rapidly. A spokesman said the South Korean company does not intend to return to the Russian market.

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(Updated September 28, 2022 at 1:24 pm)